Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Small Words of Comfort
I, like many, harbor deep uncertainty for the future after last night’s election results. Perhaps you would rather not think about it and speaking of it just makes it hurt worse, but I want to briefly share what is going to help me get through this without transforming into a depressed and pitiful person. We need to understand that politics are competing philosophies, and last night some philosophies came into power with which many disagree. A point of consolation, however, is that no president, governor, senator, judge, king, queen, lord, supreme leader, or dictator has any jurisdiction over how you choose to live your life from day to day. The philosophy in power cannot prevent you from living out your own philosophy. My greatest philosophy concerning treatment of others is to love them as myself, and that has not changed. If anything, I now have all the more reason to focus on such a duty. Let us be deeply saddened today, but not cease in doing good. I hope this doesn’t sound shallow. I’m not advocating some shallow coping principle here (at least I hope I’m not!), I’m trying to say that the duty of doing good is just as important as it has ever been, and that we are honor bound to stay the course. Take comfort that your little corner of the world can still be affected by you, and those you affect will affect others, and that is a far more effective way of spreading general goodness than merely voting. Let’s go do good folks; world needs it today.
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.”